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Remember that Mustang project I had going in the other group?

Did some cleanup on the wiring harness today. Still not super excited about how it came out, but it’s good enough to drive.

need to wire in the electric fans and get it to the exhaust shop, but other than that it’s about ready to roll.

https://youtu.be/V-eP99fZdXE
 
I like notchback foxes too. :smokin:

When I clicked on this post I was thinking of the guy in New England that got a '68ish Mustang with a bunch of parts. I can't remember what happened to that one...
 
I like notchback foxes too. :smokin:

When I clicked on this post I was thinking of the guy in New England that got a '68ish Mustang with a bunch of parts. I can't remember what happened to that one...

I think I remember that one. Not sure what ever happened to it.
 
Cool I love real-life builds. I'm glad builds are coming here but what is going on with the car? I don't remember the thread and don't want to bother looking. Bullet list?

My car porn these days runs toward vehicles that run and drive properly and smoothly, regardless of aesthetics. Mustang was always useful personal transportation more than a performance car, it's not a Cobra. So every single street-legal Mustang build should be able to be driven by Kayleigh the 16-year old cheerleader with no problems. Your car is in process but it's rough in a lot of ways.
 
Cool I love real-life builds. I'm glad builds are coming here but what is going on with the car? I don't remember the thread and don't want to bother looking. Bullet list?

My car porn these days runs toward vehicles that run and drive properly and smoothly, regardless of aesthetics. Mustang was always useful personal transportation more than a performance car, it's not a Cobra. So every single street-legal Mustang build should be able to be driven by Kayleigh the 16-year old cheerleader with no problems. Your car is in process but it's rough in a lot of ways.

Purchased in 2001 as a project/driver for myself.
Son had his first ride in Nov 2001, he was only a day or two old.
life got in the way and the car was stored for over a decade.
Upgrades are limited to a 04 Cobra IRS, Cobra brakes all around and most recently we pulled the V6 to swap a 5.0

future plans to stiffen the chassis, manual transmission and power upgrades to bring horsepower to ~300.
Want to make it a driver but be able to have fun on a road course once in awhile.
body is worn, but it has never seen snow or a salted road. Eventually we will pretty it up.
 
Purchased in 2001 as a project/driver for myself.
Son had his first ride in Nov 2001, he was only a day or two old.
life got in the way and the car was stored for over a decade.
Upgrades are limited to a 04 Cobra IRS, Cobra brakes all around and most recently we pulled the V6 to swap a 5.0

future plans to stiffen the chassis, manual transmission and power upgrades to bring horsepower to ~300.
Want to make it a driver but be able to have fun on a road course once in awhile.
body is worn, but it has never seen snow or a salted road. Eventually we will pretty it up.

IRS :smokin:
 
Exactly what I thought when I read that. Hell ya! :smokin:

You know it's not like an SRA is bad, they're far too maligned in the auto press. I bet 90% of the people talking about them couldn't tell the difference if they drove an equivalent. I might not be able to, I'm not expert. But since they're available, I think it's a great way to start a build. Now he can do his chassis work around that.
 
You know it's not like an SRA is bad, they're far too maligned in the auto press. I bet 90% of the people talking about them couldn't tell the difference if they drove an equivalent. I might not be able to, I'm not expert. But since they're available, I think it's a great way to start a build. Now he can do his chassis work around that.

a solid axle can be set up to handle just as well as the IRS. When I started this project the whole point was to do something completely different. Engine choices ranged from a couple different modular motors to a supercharged V6. We finally settled on the 5.0 because of the simplicity. The engine swap took way longer than we anticipated, but neither my son nor I had an excess of time to spend on it.

hopefully he gets a month of use before we have to put it away for the winter. We may swap heads and Intake over the winter if funds allow.
 
Ebay turbo what? :laughing:

I think we can get to 300hp naturally aspirated. We have a set of HO heads along with an intake sitting on the workbench. Plan to freshen those up and do some light port work. I also want to start searching for a gt40/exploder Intake. Between all of that and a cam we should be close to where we want to be.

at that point we may have to consider building a new short block. This engine has a lot of miles on it. The donor was cheap and it runs well enough, so we decided just to drop it in as is and update as necessary.
 
You know it's not like an SRA is bad, they're far too maligned in the auto press. I bet 90% of the people talking about them couldn't tell the difference if they drove an equivalent. I might not be able to, I'm not expert. But since they're available, I think it's a great way to start a build. Now he can do his chassis work around that.

Just the adjustability (camber & toe) alone over a solid axle is worth it on something being set up for track days or autocross. And having much less unsprung weight vs a solid axle, the shocks can react to road variations faster.

The only real downside to IRS is in the drag racing world. Center sections that can take 1000+ hp are not cheap, and getting IRS to hook at the track like a solid axle car is hard and money consuming. Most just swap in solid axles and call it a day.
 
Just the adjustability (camber & toe) alone over a solid axle is worth it on something being set up for track days or autocross. And having much less unsprung weight vs a solid axle, the shocks can react to road variations faster.

The only real downside to IRS is in the drag racing world. Center sections that can take 1000+ hp are not cheap, and getting IRS to hook at the track like a solid axle car is hard and money consuming. Most just swap in solid axles and call it a day.

Likely how I ended up with this one. Paid $850 for it back in 04. Super easy to install. The biggest challenge is finding wheels with the right offset so I’m not rubbing on the fender lips.
 
I think we can get to 300hp naturally aspirated. We have a set of HO heads along with an intake sitting on the workbench. Plan to freshen those up and do some light port work. I also want to start searching for a gt40/exploder Intake. Between all of that and a cam we should be close to where we want to be.

at that point we may have to consider building a new short block. This engine has a lot of miles on it. The donor was cheap and it runs well enough, so we decided just to drop it in as is and update as necessary.

I am putting together a 94 Cobra clone I got from a friend with GT40P stuff, all port matched, B303 cam, 1.7 rockers, BBK long tubes etc. we are shooting for 350 hp after tuning.
 
I am putting together a 94 Cobra clone I got from a friend with GT40P stuff, all port matched, B303 cam, 1.7 rockers, BBK long tubes etc. we are shooting for 350 hp after tuning.

Sounds very similar to what I have in my head. The only difference would be the headers. The car sits too low for long tubes and Michigan roads. We have Hooker mid-length headers on it now.
 
I dig jalapeño red 85/86 coupes, buddy has a 2.3t one. Richard Holdoner just did a video on sbf head swaps from stock E7’s to GT40’s to AFR165 heads, might be worth watching to help make a head swap decision.
 
I dig jalapeño red 85/86 coupes, buddy has a 2.3t one. Richard Holdoner just did a video on sbf head swaps from stock E7’s to GT40’s to AFR165 heads, might be worth watching to help make a head swap decision.

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out.
 
Spent a few hours over the last 2 days Wiring up Contour electric fans with a Proform digital controller.

the controller brings the fans on at a low speed a few degrees before the set temp and ramps up the speed as needed.

that was the last step before declaring this thing ready for the road.

it goes in for exhaust work on Monday and then we hopefully get a full month out of it before putting it away for the winter.

i watched the video about 300 HP combos and the GT40 combo it the one that I like the most. Time to start looking for exploders in the junkyards.

we might have a rear main leak. Will investigate further, but I’m not overly concerned about it at the moment.

https://youtu.be/iTU_m7pVF6E
 
Apparently it has been a minute since I updated this.

a little bit of work has been done. Got a set of Procar (by Scat) front bucket seats and put them in over the winter. They are firm and supportive, but sit a tad high for my tall ass. Need to figure out the best way to lower them.

installed a couple of Autometer gauges to keep an eye on coolant temp and oil pressure.

entire front suspension was replaced with tubular a-arms and Strange coil overs. Being able to adjust ride height and dampening is a nice feature.

also picked up a short block from an exploder to be used as a foundation for a new power plant.

other than that have just been enjoying it. Son and I went out to a local cruise night a week or so ago. Got a lot of waves and thumbs up. Crowd enjoyed the burnouts he did.

next up is troubleshooting the electric fans. Proform digital controller is running them at high even with the key off. Has to be a bad controller, waiting on them to respond to the email.

power steering also needs a new pump and a good flush.
 

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